Unit 12 (chapters 26-27)

Unit 12 – The Postwar Period and the Cold War

Online Resources:

This website contains over 275 interviews with diplomats, soldiers, activists, politicians, and artists who have shaped and made contemporary history - http://conversations.berkeley.edu/

A collection of cartoonist Herbert Block's most famous works - http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/herblock/cartoon.html

Textbook questions:

Chapter 26: Postwar America at Home

  1. Describe the postwar economic boom and its effect on the corporate world, workers’ world, and agricultural world, as well as on the environment.
  2. Describe the demographic growth patterns of the U.S. in the postwar years and state the appeal of suburban living and the automobile for the American people.
  3. Give some examples of cultural conformity in the 1950s, particularly in women’s lives, and describe the values espoused by cultural rebels.
  4. Give some examples of challenges to the culture of conformity.
  5. Describe five economic developments of the 1950s and explain both the importance of the auto industry and the pattern of business concentration.
  6. Describe the lives of those who did not benefit from this period of affluence.
  7. Characterize the religious life of America in the 1950s.
  8. Describe the consumer culture of the 1950s, the ways media promoted it, and some of the results.


Chapter 27: Chills and Fever during the Cold War 1945-1960

  1. Describe the conflicting political and economic goals of the U.S. and the USSR for the postwar world and explain how these clashing aims launched the Cold War.
  2. Define containment and explain the development and meaning of the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan and NATO.
  3. Outline the major events and explain the significance of the confrontations in Europe, the reasons for the war in Vietnam, sources of conflict in the Middle East, and ways America tried to contain changes in Latin America.
  4. Describe the process and effects of nuclear proliferation during the Cold War.
  5. Show the relationship between the Cold War and the emergence of internal loyalty programs and the second Red Scare in the U.S.
  6. Make a case for both Soviet and American responsibility for the outbreak of the Cold War.

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